This gorgeous, bold, almost thick-textured wine also brings finesse and a lingering finish. The aroma is smoky, toasty and earthy, then the desirably decadent flavors and creamy texture hit the mark, immediately filling the mouth with ripe pear, fig, toasted almond and grilled baguette impressions.— J.G.
A huge wine, power-packed in richness. Cherries, chocolate, raspberries, currants, licorice, even suggestions of spicy pecan pie flood the palate deliciously. Then the tannins kick in, and fierce they are. Acidity is fine, and the finish is bone dry. Drink this superior Petite Sirah now, and it should age for many…— S.H.
Petite Sirah is Concannon’s specialty, and their Livermore vineyard makes a California classic. The wine is varietally true, with firm, dry tannins framing massive flavors of berries, cherries, chocolate, plums and Asian spicebox. Should age effortlessly for a very long time, in a proper cellar.— S.H.
From the winery that claims to have introduced Petite Sirah as a varietal wine comes this dynamic bottling. It’s full-bodied, dry and tannic, with a deep undertow of blackberry, cherry, plum and coffee flavors, and has a complex structure. Will be beautiful with a grilled steak, but this is a wine you can stash away…— S.H.
This big-boned Cabernet tastes rich, complex and inviting. It combines cinnamon and cedar aromas, ripe blackberry and cherry flavors and a firm, tannic texture that will love a grilled lamb chop or similar flavorful fare. Concannon ages the reserve lots for at least 18 months in French oak barrels. Best from 2015–2020.— J.G.
With serious structure and a firm grip, this 100% Cabernet from Livermore’s vaulty Concannon is a very impressive effort from a strong vintage that’s easy drinking and well integrated, tasting great right now with plenty of rich tannins, pleasing blueberry and cassis with a shot of chocolate on the finish for good…— V.B.
Very concentrated, beautifully ripe and blackberrylike in flavor, this abounds with goodness from the grapes rather than woody flavors from barrels. The sweet-seeming fruit flavors come without a lot of tannin to dry the texture.— J.G.
Red Bordeaux varieties can do very well in this appellation if they’ re well cared for, and Concannon has done a terrific job with this ripe, fancy Merlot. It has some big tannins, but they’re the soft, dusty kind that are drinkable now with rich foods. The blackberry flavors break out into currants and cassis.— S.H.